Above: Sterling Packaging personnel with the company’s newly installed Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press. The rapidly growing packaging provider serves consumer goods brands from its GFSI-compliant facility in Monroeville, AL (USA). Pictured from left to right: Ivar Helgason, Operations Manager; Pierce Bryan, Prepress Technician; Robert Luchinske, Pressman; Colin Hickson, VP Sales and Kelly Rasmussen, VP Operations
Sterling Packaging acquired a Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press, the two companies announced.
After an initial meeting with Landa at the Printing United tradeshow held last October, Kelly Rasmussen, Vice President of Operations at Sterling, led the company’s testing on the Landa S10. Rasmussen was highly satisfied with the S10’s performance and unique combination of features including print quality that meets or surpasses offset; 41” (B1) format; high speed; the widest-available color gamut; and flexible options for fast, data-driven production. That the Landa S10 offers these features and meets GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standards for food packaging, as well, led to the decision to purchase the S10, Sterling’s first digital press, in December.
Installation of the Landa S10 caps off a series of moves designed to scale up Sterling operations in response to FMCG sector challenges. “We know how to satisfy the consumer goods brands,” says Sterling Vice President Colin Hickson. “Now, we’re going to give them more: more quality, more speed, and more applications, such as custom packaging in the craft brewery segment or multi-dimensional, cross-media campaigns. The Landa S10 is the final piece of the puzzle, completing our offering to the market. It’s the part that will get the most notice, for good reason.”
“Sterling has identified a gap in the North American FMCG packaging market, and is filling it with the fastest, highest quality production,” says Sharon Cohen, chief business officer at Landa. “The Landa S10 will be front and center as an essential, enabling component of that strategy. With its GFSI compliance, and a well-established foothold in F&B, Sterling is well-positioned to become a prominent fast turn FMCG packaging provider in North America. We’re excited to have Landa be part of that evolution.”
Topping the list of Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press benefits is the ability to use the existing die-lines Sterling has used for offset – 28 x 40” – on the 41” format Landa. Most importantly, the increased capacity will allow Sterling to put short runs — which comprise most of the company’s work and currently run inefficiently on offset — on the Landa S10. “If we save 6-7 setups a week, we’ll be well ahead,” says Rasmussen, referring to Landa’s “close to zero” paper waste and set-up time advantages.
Hickson and his colleagues have taken the time to commend Landa for support during installation and ramp-up. “Everyone is very patient and responsive. You can see that the onsite team genuinely likes what they do. It’s inspiring to have them here.”
The Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press brings significant value to packaging and commercial print applications, excelling in short to medium-runs with incredible efficiency and versatility. Designed to produce vibrant colors on any paper stock while minimizing waste, the B1/41’’ format digital sheetfed press offers industrial capacity, with all digital advantages, such as variable data, unlimited spot colors on a single page, collated option, near zero make ready time and more, while avoiding the limitations of offset make-ready costs and constraints. Transforming the industry with a focus on cost-effectiveness, exceptional quality, and vivid colors, the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press empowers businesses to reach new heights in productivity while delivering tremendous value to their customers.
About Sterling Packaging
Executing high quality and short lead times, Sterling Packaging is becoming known as the leading independent provider of folding cartons in the Southeast USA. Sterling’s customers range from small, privately owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the industries of food, beverage, consumer goods, hardware and industrial parts, pharmaceutical and confectionery. In 2018, Sterling expanded and invested in a GFSI accredited food safe facility in Monroeville, AL. Sterling is positioned to serve clients in need of shorter lead times, high quality and high levels of service in Southeast USA.